General Schedule

Note: All times are given in Eastern time.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Friday, June 3

9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Reunion Information Center is open
Main Building, Lobby

9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Residence halls open for check-in
Dorm rooms available after 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Alumnae/i College Lectures Session 1

The Economics of Nostalgia in an Economy of Trust
Ben Ho, Associate Professor of Economics
Rockefeller Hall 300 (available virtually)

The Olmsted Firm and Campus Planning at Vassar
Yvonne Elet, Associate Professor of Art
Taylor 203

The Key Change: Modulation in Memory
Lori Newman, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science
Rockefeller Hall 200

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Tours

Walkway Over the Hudson
Take a bus from campus to the renovated Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, now the longest elevated pedestrian walkway (1.28 miles) in the world.
Bus departs from Main Circle

Vassar Ecological Preserve and Environmental Cooperative
Conservation, sustainability, and an exploration of the natural world are all core values at Vassar. Explore one of the college’s greatest gems on this guided walking tour (weather permitting). Sensible shoes and long pants are strongly suggested.
Shuttles depart from Main Circle

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Alumnae/i College Lectures Session 2

The Blue Book: A Writer’s Journal
Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair
Rockefeller Hall 300 (available virtually)

Environmental Justice  and the Liberal Arts
Moderator: Kathleen Susman, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Biology
Panelists: Alison Spodek Keimowitz, Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry; Jeffrey Seidman, Associate Professor of Philosophy; Fubing Su, Professor of Political Science
Rockefeller Hall 200

The Brain Game Lab: Studying Human Cognition Through Online Games
Joshua De Leeuw ’08, Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science
Rockefeller Hall 210

3:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m.

Class of 1992 Panels and Q&A
Followed by Wine/Spirits tasting at 5:30 p.m.
Cushing Tent

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Matthew Vassar Legacy Society Reception (by Invitation)
With gratitude for and in recognition of those who have provided for the college’s future through a planned gift or estate commitment.
The President’s House

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Musical Event
Maria Mitchell, Astronomer and Vassar Faculty Member: Through Science, Poetry, and Song

This event, hosted by Music Department Chair Christine Howlett, will feature remarks about Maria Mitchell by Debra Elmegreen, Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair, and culminate in the premiere of Comets, six songs about Mitchell by Jonathan Chenette, Professor of Music on the George Sherman Dickinson Chair.
Martel Theater, Skinner Hall

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Class of 1967
The latest developments at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Taylor 203

5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m.

Shabbat Services
The Bayit (51 Collegeview Avenue, North Gate)

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Faculty/Emeriti and Department Receptions
All Classes are invited to enjoy time with faculty.
See which faculty/emeriti will be there.
Vogelstein Tent

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Class of 1962 - Program
Alumnae House

 

Dinners

6:45 p.m.

1957, 1952, 1945
Aula
1962
Alumnae House

7:00 p.m.

1967
1951 Reading room, 2nd floor Library

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Picnic Dinner
Classes of 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012
Noyes Circle
Classes of 2015, 2017
Ballentine Field

8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Class of 2012 – Beers at Billy Bobs
Get the weekend started at Billy Bobs - relive our Class's favorite Friday night haunt before heading to other Reunion Festivities.
Billy Bobs, 35 Fairmont Ave

9:15 p.m.

Fireworks over Sunset Lake

9:30 p.m.–12:00 a.m.

Mug opens - Outdoor location
Commencement Hill Tent
Cash bar

9:30 p.m.

Class of 1982 and 1977
Music by DJ Mad Mike and Friends

Strong Multipurpose room

10:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.

Hospitality Tent
Noyes Circle
(included in package price)

 

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Saturday, June 4

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast is available at Gordon Commons (formerly ACDC/Students’ Building)
Pay at the Door - credit/debit only; no cash

8:45 a.m.

Class of 1967 - Memorial Service
Chapel

9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Registration Information Center is open
Main Building, Lobby

9:30 a.m.

Line Up for Parade of Classes (from Chapel to Sunset Hill)
Look for your class banner
Golf carts will be available

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Celebrate Vassar
Alumnae/i, guests, and children gather together from the 5th to the 75th Reunions to celebrate extraordinary volunteers and gifts and our shared Vassar legacy.
Commencement Hill (by Sunset Lake)

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Lunch
1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2012: 
Gordon Commons
2015, 2017: Ballentine Field Tent
1957, 1952, 1947: Aula
1962: Athletic and Fitness Center, 2nd floor
1967 and 1970: Alumnae House Dining Room

12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Class of 2012 – Gather for Lawn Games
Join your classmates at the Townhouses. Bring blankets, snacks, tunes, and lawn games for an afternoon of reminiscing and relaxing.
Town House Circle

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

A child’s playscape at Wimpfheimer laboratory Nursery School
Families are free to explore swings, hills, sand, creek, and gardens that are part of a designed children’s playscape.   Parents must be present to supervise their children.  Drop off is not available. 

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

President’s Hour
Remarks by Vassar’s 11th President, Elizabeth Howe Bradley
Chapel

1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Vassar Devils & Angels Ice Cream Tent
Quad Lawn

1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Family Activities
Bouncy castles, balloon animals, live music
Quad Lawn

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Class of 1997 will gather on the lawn in front of Blodgett for informal lawn games.

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Admission Tour
Meet in front of Kautz House

2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Alumnae/i College Lectures Session 3

Living Our Best Lives: Gen-X Perspectives on Health and Wellness
Join four alumni experts as they explore physical, mental, relational, and spiritual health from the “Sandwich” generation’s point of view across multiple disciplines.
Rockefeller Hall 300 (available virtually)

Rethinking Gender in an Educational Context
Kimberly Williams Brown
Assistant Professor of Education
Rockefeller Hall 212

Storytelling Through The Arts
Moderator: Sophia Siddique Harvey, Associate Professor of Film
Panelists: Amy Chin, Instructor in American Studies and Asian Studies; Shona Tucker, Professor and Chair of Drama on the Mary Riepma Ross '32 Chair; Hannah Littman ’22, VRDT Dancer and Choreographer
Rockefeller Hall 200

Walking Tour of the Vassar College Arboretum
Enjoy a leisurely walk, discover fascinating fun facts about trees, and learn about the increasing importance of campus trees for our efforts to be more sustainable and achieve carbon neutrality. Our itinerary will include visits to the reuning classes’ class trees. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Led by Professor of Biology and Arboretum Committee Co-Chair Mark Schlessman.
Meet at the entrance to Main in front of Main Circle.

Tell us about your class tree! Do you remember dedicating it? Has it played a role in your reunions? The Class Tree Oral History Project would love to hear from you. Please email Biology Professor Mark Schlessman: schlessman@vassar.edu.

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Affinity Receptions
AAAVC, ALANA Center 
Athletics & Physical Education, AFC Lobby
International Alumnae/i, College Center 237 (International Student Center)
WVKR radio station, College Center, 3rd Floor
Transitions, Jade Parlor, Main Building

Department Open Houses
EducationMaria Mitchell Observatory
Political ScienceRockefeller Hall, Room 109
MusicSkinner Hall
Physics and AstronomySanders Physics, 1st Floor
AnthropologyBlodgett Hall 101*
*Join us for a memorial gathering for Dr. Anne Pike-Tay

3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Alumnae/i Author Meet and Greet
Vassar College Store (aka, the Juliet), Raymond Avenue

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Alumnae/i College Lectures Session 4

Multidisciplinary Programs at Vassar
Moderator: Lisa Brawley, Faculty Director of the CAAD summer design research program and Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and American Studies and Director of Urban Studies; Anne Brancky, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Women’s Studies.
Rockefeller Hall 300 (available virtually)

This is a True War Story
Robert K. Brigham, Professor of History on the Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair
Rockefeller Hall 200

The Vassar Campus: Then and Now
Margaret Ronsheim, Professor and Chair of Biology; Cora Kenfield Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning & Director of Sustainability; Benjamin Lotto, Professor and Chair of Mathematics and Statistics
Topics include: Ecological Restoration: Then and Now
Taylor 203

Tour the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences
Led by Joseph Tanksi, Professor of Chemistry on the Matthew Vassar, Jr. Chair
Meet outside the Bridge Building on the Chapel side.

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Hospitality tent
Noyes Circle
(included in the package price)

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Affinity Reception
Sculpture Garden

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

1861 Loyalty Society Reception (by invitation)
With gratitude for and in recognition of a vital group of donors who have included Vassar among their annual giving priorities.
Thompson Memorial Library lawn tent

5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Class of 1982
All are welcome to enjoy a reading and live music before you gather with your class for your private class dinner.
Bridge for Laboratory Sciences Atrium

 

Private Class Dinners

6:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m.

1982: Bridge for Laboratory Sciences Atrium

6:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

1970 and 1972: Rose Parlor and Villard Room, Main Building

6:45 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

1947, 1952, and 1957: Alumnae House Dining Room
1962: Reading Room 133, Thompson Library
1967: Alumnae House Living Room
1977: Aula, Ely Hall
1987: Vogelstein Tent
1992: Chapel Tent
1997: Cushing Tent
2002: Sunset Hill Tent
2007: Davison Tent
2012: Town-House Circle Tent – Join your classmates for an evening of reminiscing and revelry, featuring campus favorite Twisted Soul
2015 and 2017: Noyes Circle Tent

10:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.

All Class After Party on Noyes Circle
Cash Bar, DJ, and Dancing to Multigenerational Playlist

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Sunday, June 5

7:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Breakfast/Brunch is available at Gordon Commons (formerly ACDC/Students’ Building)
Pay at the Door - credit/debit only; no cash

8:45 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal
The Chapel

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Registration Information Center is open
 Main Building, Lobby

9:00 a.m.

Fun Run (tentative) with Cross-Country Coach Ron Stonitsch
Meet in front of the Athletic and Fitness Center

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Service of Remembrance (All Classes)
An interreligious service drawing upon religious and humanist traditions to honor and celebrate the members of our reuning classes who have died since their last Reunion, as well as faculty, administrators, and staff who have died in the past year.
The Chapel

11:15 a.m.

Class of 1962—Farewell Brunch with Toast in Celebration of Lives
Alumnae House

1:00 p.m.

Reunion Adjourns/Check-Out
Please return room keys to Guest Services Coordinators at your dorm headquarter’s Lobby.

NYC Charter Bus Departs from Main Circle

 

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